FONDA — Despite starting 16th on the grid in the Sunoco Modified feature Wednesday night following problems during his heat race, Stewart Friesen claimed yet another victory at Fonda Speedway as the track hosted its final night of racing prior to championship night on Aug. 15.
Friesen claimed the win in the 30-lap event worth $3,711 and denied the rest of the field the bounty of $1,230 offered by Mimi Lazzaro if any driver could unseat Friesen.
The bounty will carry on to Aug. 15, but if Friesen wins again on that night, he will take home half of the prize money, with the other half donated to charity.
Adam McAuliffe started the modified feature in the lead, with Rocky Warner in second, but mechanical issues slowed Warner in turn one after just one lap was completed, ending his night. A yellow flag slowed the field on lap three, with third-place starter Billy Decker taking the lead on the restart.
Decker moved out to a straightaway lead by lap seven until another caution came out, bunching things up again. Another yellow flag on lap eight saw Friesen move into second on the restart, and on lap 10 he took the lead by passing Decker on the inside of turn four.
Friesen dealt with heavy lapped traffic for a while, though that came to an end after a final caution on lap 21. He pulled away after the restart, claiming his seventh win at Fonda in eight races this season and taking his 67th career win to take sole possession of fourth place on Fonda’s all-time modified wins list. Decker, Mat Williamson, Mike Maresca and Danny Johnson completed the top five. Williamson picked his way through the field after pitting for a flat tire on lap three, while Johnson came up to the top five after starting 22nd.
Cody Clark started alongside David Manchester on the front row in the Swagger Factory Apparel Crate 602 Sportsman feature, with Clark taking the lead on an early restart. Clark pulled away in the later stages of the race following a lap 19 restart, with JaMike Sowle and Brian Calabrese dueling for second.
Clark went on to his second win of 2020 and the ninth of his career in the division with Calabrese getting second ahead of Sowle, Manchester and David Dwyer.
In the Algonkin Motel Pro Stock feature, Nick Stone claimed his sixth win at Fonda in seven starts this season. Stone won a thrilling race over Kenny Gates, with Stone taking the lead on lap 12 and fighting off heavy pressure over the closing laps to earn the $1,000 purse.
Gates wound up second, with Luke Horning, Ivan Joslin and Andy Graves completing the top five.